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Christmas TV in the olden days

Merry Christmas to one and all!

Back in the mid 1970s I was still a mere slip of a lad, living at home in England with my parents and six siblings. With only one TV in the house, there were often disputes about what to watch – even though in those days there were only three channels to choose from.  

 
As you might imagine, the Christmas viewing schedule caused more arguments than most. However, there were some things we all wanted to watch. On top of that list each year was The Morecambe & Wise Christmas show.
 
 I don’t think they’re well known over here in the USA, but back in the UK Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise were household names, and rightly so. Every Christmas, a procession of famous actors, actresses and celebrities of the time took part in their hilarious sketches or appeared in one of the truly awful ten-minute plays ‘what’ Ernie wrote. 
 
Decades later, through the magic of YouTube, I found some of my favorites. A few haven’t stand the test of time, but many are just as funny as when I first saw them, over thirty years ago. As proof that it’s not just nostalgia talking, my teenage son often quotes from them.
 
Here are my three favorites: 

Although they were firm friends with singer, Des O'Connor, offstage, Eric & Ernie constantly joked about him in their TV shows and live performances, which made his 'surprise' appearance below even more funny.  I loved the way they improvised when someone fluffed a line or went off-track a little. 

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If you're feeling flat over the next few days, I guarantee any one of these three clips will put a smile back on your face.

How about you?

What TV shows do you remember from your youth?



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jongibbs
Dec. 25th, 2009 11:37 am (UTC)
I'd not heard of that one. It's fun to reminisce.

Thanks for sharing :)
martyn44
Dec. 25th, 2009 11:31 am (UTC)
I am playing the right notes . . . how much more innocent were we then?
jongibbs
Dec. 25th, 2009 11:39 am (UTC)
Humor was more gentle I think.

Eric & Ernie had so many catchphrases: 'This boys a fool', 'Play what I wrote'. 'Short fat hairy legs' etc.
tracy_d74
Dec. 25th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
LOL! The clips were funny. Thanks! I know we always listened to the Jackson 5 Christmas album. I don't recall a holiday t.v. show other than the Frosty and Rudolf the reindeer cartoons/claymations. I love those.
jongibbs
Dec. 25th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
Eric & Ernie were a lot of fun :)
mtlawson
Dec. 25th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
Holy cow... Andre Previn looks so young!

Oh, and yes, they were great clips too!
jongibbs
Dec. 26th, 2009 09:12 am (UTC)
I don't think all that many people had heard of Mr. Preview before he went on the show, but after that sketch he became a household name :)
mongrelheart
Dec. 26th, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
A very Merry Christmas to you & yours, Jon!

I'd never heard of Morecambe & Wise before. I didn't watch much TV as a kid; for a while we didn't even have one. I do remember Donny & Marie, and Little House on the Prairie.
jongibbs
Dec. 26th, 2009 09:14 am (UTC)
We had Donny & Marie, and The Little House on the Prairie in the UK. As to whether I ever watched them, I'm taking the fifth ;)
karen_w_newton
Jan. 1st, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
I finally got around to watching these! Hilarious! I watch some old British comedies on PBS-- Fawlty Towers, Are you Being Served, As Time Goes By, To The Manor Born-- but this show was new to me.

It was a gentler kind of humor. If you notice, they never use any bad language-- no swearing, and when there are mildly naughty bits, it's purely the double entendre kind of that you could watch with either your kids or your mother without blushing.

Happy New Year and thanks!
jongibbs
Jan. 1st, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
I watch these clips several times a year. They never get old :)
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